Building an economy of innovation for Pennsylvania must include support for science and technology in the 7th District. Developments in healthcare, biotechnology, robotics, cybersecurity, energy research, artificial intelligence, information technology and advances in manufacturing, all add jobs and strengthen our economy.
We need policies which nurture innovation, continue to build our infrastructure to support new technology, and provide entrepreneurs with research and development resources to continue to bring new opportunities to our region. America needs to be able to compete with the world in science and technology. We need to continue to advance funding for a wide array of programs and grants which assist organizations and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit such as the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) through the National Institute of Health (NIH), as well as make the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit permanent.
Our region is fortunate to have some of the best schools and academies of higher learning which are key to keeping our area thriving. I believe we must continue to build upon the policies that nurture and support innovation, including public-private partnerships with our educational system to provide science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) so our schools are preparing our students for the jobs of tomorrow.